2016 SEASON UPDATE
Our farmers market activities will start in April. The first few weeks will be weather permitting (think sunny and 70F), but we should be full time by the end of April. I'm expecting some changes at the SPOTSYLVANIA FARMERS MARKET at Rt 3 / Gordon Road given the new layout---more on that as we have it. We'll also be back at the NORTH STAFFORD FARMERS MARKET AT STAFFORD HOSPITAL on Sundays-- expect new vendors and a new layout there too.
SPOTSY starts April 9th, 2016
NORTH STAFFORD starts on April 3rd, 2016
LOTS OF OTHER EVENTS IN THE WORKS - SEE OUR UPCOMING EVENTS TAB ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE FOR UPDATES!
SATURDAYS: Spotsy Farmer's Market, 8-1pm, Rt 3/Gordon Road - Starting April 9th (weather permitting for us - 70F + sunny)
SUNDAYS: North Stafford Hospital Farmer's Market, 8-1pm, in the lower parking lot of the Stafford Hospital on Rt 1. Starting April 3 (weather permitting for us - 70F + sunny)
OTHERS TO BE POSTED SOON!
Our first video... created, directed, performed, and produced by Bean Productions of Columbia SC.
Put a smile on your face by making the best ice cream in Northern Virginia! As Mom puts it... "so good you'll have to go to church after eating it!"
The story of Abner Butterfield goes back nearly 40 years to monthly pilgrimages to Grandma's. She and Grandad lived some distance away so our family couldn't go all the time. It was a bit of a trip and as it happened, about halfway there was a small soft serve ice cream shop. For some reason riding in the back seat put my brother and I to sleep but we would always wake up just in time to stop off for ice cream...and it didn't matter that it was 10am either. That's how it started...
A few years ago, we began experimenting with "dip-style" ice cream to satisfy my own developing sweet tooth for creative home-style ice creams, one that even the premium ones, just couldn't satisfy. While we started with more traditional flavors...blueberry, peach, strawberry, banana walnut, and cookies and cream... our horizons quickly expanded to trying new flavors and combinations of flavors. Never having a shortage of taste testers has also meant a steady supply of well-wishing (and hoping) that we'd have a regular going concern at some point to help satisfy their sweet toothes as well.
In 2011, we built a small plant in Stafford, Virginia, to produce ice cream for local wholesalers and retailers and to support our own retail operations at area farmers' markets, local school and club events, and corporate events.
In 2012, the "king bee" made a trip to Penn State to attend their Ice Cream Short Course, the course that covers everything from cow to cone, and graduated 2d in the class. Returning home, we built the "Purple Cow"--a 27' ice cream shop on wheels that we now take to events... over 50 during the 2012 season!
2013 proved to be a fantastic year for us! We did 80+ events at three farmer's markets, plus corporate events, and a handful of private events including our first wedding event! The "king bee" went back to Penn State to audit their Ice Cream 101 course.
In 2014, the king bee started out with another return trip to Penn State-this time as a presenter for the Ice Cream Short Course. Really kicked off the year right. Back home, we created some great new flavors including Chocolate Stripe Peanut Butter Chip, Lemon Cookies and Cream, Banana Pudding, and Banana Chocolate Chip Granola Crunch. Did 49 different flavors in total for the year. We also went 'green' by converting the truck refrigeration system to solar power.
2015 was a year of change. We moved and built a new plant--4 times bigger than our previous plant. Reviewed our flavor library and discovered we've done 105 flavors over our history--we have at least double that to go that's already in "the book". After finishing a slightly shortened season, we started planning in earnest for new equipment, updates to the Purple Cow and perhaps a few menu additions.
We're looking forward to a great 2016 and hope you will share the love with us and enjoy our creations... and perhaps even help us create one or two....